Mark Bregman's Blog – November 2010 Archive (7)

Hiring Better Than Yourself

Many hiring experts advocate hiring people with greater capability than yourself, as a way of growing your department, company, even yourself. Yet, in 25 years of headhunting, I’ve seen many high level executives be intimidated by the real go-getters. The one word feedback I sometimes get after submitting an “A+” player is “arrogant.” Yet, I have often perceived the… Continue

Added by Mark Bregman on November 29, 2010 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Needs and Wants

A key hiring goal for most companies is to feel safe and secure that they’ve made a good choice – they’ve selected someone who will fit in, will perform well, and have a positive impact. In order to satisfy the need to feel “safe” about a hire, some employers load up a laundry list of skills and experiences and label them “must have” or “required”. In some cases, these are legitimate, such as an in-the-trenches, hands-on…


Added by Mark Bregman on November 22, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Radical Talent Management

There has been very little written on a topic I’d like to call Radical Talent Management. Hiring and talent management continue to evolve at a much slower pace than other technologies that are critical to business success.

The word “radical” is derived from the Latin “radicalis” which means root, basis, or source. I would bet that most of us think of the word radical not by its first or second … Continue

Added by Mark Bregman on November 15, 2010 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Valuation of Human Capital

How much are your people really worth? In dollars?! On your books? Employers often say “our people are our biggest asset,” but do corporate actions reflect this philosophy? Headcount is usually cut before hard assets like buildings and equipment. Often, employers lay off their highest paid, longest tenure (and perhaps most valuable) workers first. The P&L improves short term, but should that really equate to higher value on the balance… Continue

Added by Mark Bregman on November 12, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Hiring: Can You Do Better Than Flipping a Coin?

Most top executives admit that they have repeatedly hired people who are “B” or “C” players, who have had an adverse impact on the company, who needed to be replaced. Most will admit they have someone on their staff right now that fits this description. Many studies have shown…


Added by Mark Bregman on November 8, 2010 at 4:26pm — 3 Comments

True or False: Available Job Candidates Are Better Than Ever?

Many of my business friends and clients have remarked to me that the recession must mean that there are great people available for jobs. That is a tricky issue.

If someone is…


Added by Mark Bregman on November 5, 2010 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

TOP 10 Things Your Managers Aren’t Telling You

Here’s a list of things that CEO’s almost never hear directly from members of their management team, although it would be useful if they could!

  • “Here’s how to…

Added by Mark Bregman on November 1, 2010 at 1:26pm — 1 Comment


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